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Project Officer- Early Language Profiling Toolkit (ELPT) Pilot Project

Summary

The purpose of the role is to initiate, organize and coordinate administrative activities for the effective implementation of the project and work closely with DCW’s Language and Communication Advisor to deliver all 
technical aspects of the pilot including stakeholders’ engagement.Description

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Task Responsibilities

  • Lead in initiation, delivery and close out of the pilot project activities.
  • Provide continuous monitoring in the implementation of planned activities, a compilation of activity and project periodic reports as appropriate.
  • Lead in documentation and dissemination of change stories and knowledge products from the pilot.
  • Work closely with Deaf Child Worldwide Team in management and engagement of Kenya Institute of Special Education as a major stakeholder in the pilot.
  • With support from the Projects Implementation Manager (PIM)/Line Manager; engage in lobbying and advocacy with relevant Civil Society Organisations at micro, meso, and macro level in influencing the development and implementation of government policies necessary in enhancing deaf inclusion.
  • Lead in the administrative work of the project by organizing for logistical support to all project activities: planning, training and review workshops, and conferences in target counties; and ensure invitations, follow-up, liaisons with relevant partners, volunteers, VSO Kenya staff and resource personnel are done.
  • Link the project with other ongoing VSO projects; Projects Learning platform and Education Community of Practice,

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or Special Needs Education or Social Studies.
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of Kenya Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate capacity in project implementation and management.

More Details on Experience

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in Deaf Inclusion work and project implementation and management.
  • Experience in developing and implementing policy and advocacy.
  • Experience working with deaf children, youth, and their families in education or livelihood initiatives or successful work with persons with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of disability rights and inclusion practices.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision

More Details on Skills

  • Ability to actively deliver project activities within a set timeframe and have time 
    management and Strong organization skills.
  • Ability to work in a networked organization with multiple teams and functions.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative and flexibility.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and confidence in working in international settings.
  • Excellent communication skills with good command of spoken and written English
    and Swahili languages.
  • Able to travel across project implementation sites and spend time away from 
    work- base location and home.

Early Years Adviser – Talent Pool

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Description

Job Purpose: To technically support the implementation of inclusive learning through play by 3-6 year olds within early childhood care and education provision

Project Inception Period

  • Work in a team to develop early childhood care and education (ECCE) educators’ multi-media self-learning toolkit and app on inclusive learning through play
  • Strengthen evidence and documentation on the programmatic context, including on social inclusion and gender, to inform project design development
  • Work with VSO M&E team to ensure the project data system and processes are designed to capture key data on the implementation of inclusive learning through play and are usable by school staff, national volunteers and education officials, and inspectors

Project Implementation Period:

  • Train, provide field-level mentoring and facilitate peer learning for national volunteers on their work with educators, head teachers, school governing bodies, and other community stakeholders
  • Collaborate with national volunteers in training and mentoring educators and head teachers on learning through play and facilitating their peer learning
  • Collaborate with national volunteers in training district and sub-district education officials and inspectors, school governing bodies, and community volunteers on the provision of, and accountability for, quality, inclusive learning through play
  • Provide technical advice to district and sub-district officials and national volunteers on project activity planning, tracking progress, generating learning and adaptive implementation with reference to quantitative and qualitative data
  • Provide advice and guidance on effective engagement of parents, community volunteers and the wider community to build support for LtP.
  • Support the development of materials and communication messages aimed at parents, parents, community volunteers and the wider community to build support for LtP.
  • Produce accurate and reflective data-informed reports and impact case stories for project review, evaluation, and advocacy for improvements in ECCE

Education

Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree in Early Childhood/Early Years EducationMore Details on Experience

  • Minimum 3-4 years experience of teaching early childhood education focused on inclusive learning through play for 3-6 years old children Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of early childhood education learning through play for improving learning through play pedagogy for teaching early childhood education children/ kindergarten
  • Extensive experience of training early childhood care and education educators on learning through play pedagogies
  • Ability and experience of mentoring ECCE Educators to practically advance learning through play in indoor and outdoor environments
  • Experience of training education leaders on supervision, monitoring to support ECCE

Desirable

  • Knowledge and/or experience of the ECCE context in Rwanda
  • Experience of working in a development context like Rwanda
  • Working knowledge of safeguarding concepts and processes
  • Experience of working with rural isolated Communities and parents

More Details on Skills

  • Ability to use technology for professional development and use data to monitor progress and inform changes to approaches and support provided for professional development.
  • Strong skills in facilitating peer learning amongst professionals
  • Able other stakeholders to increase understanding of LtP and build support and partnership between schools and parents for LtP
  • Capacity to build understanding and support for LtP approaches amongst teachers, school leaders, local authorities, and national government stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop professional development materials on inclusive learning through play preferably resources for remote learning and digital/app-based material.
  • Ability to be open-minded and respectful.
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations.
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships.
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge

Terms And Conditions

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your ongoing expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which mean accommodation varies and will be basic.

If you are interested in applying for the position click on the link to apply before 31st December 2022 through the link //bit.ly/earlyyearsadvisertalentpool

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